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Who are the Peshmerga?

Who are the Peshmerga?

The Peshmerga ( Kurdish: پێشمەرگه, romanized: Pêşmerge, lit. ‘those who face the death’), is the Kurdish branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces. They are the military forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

What is the peshmerga outpost in Sidekan?

Perched atop a hill near the Kurdish town of Sidekan, a group of men laboured over a brand-new concrete structure set to house between 30 and 40 Peshmerga soldiers tasked with keeping an eye on the PKK. The rudimentary outpost is still largely empty, except for a Kurdish flag battered by the ice-cold wind, three soldiers and their colonel.

What happened to the Peshmerga in 2014?

In 2014, the Peshmerga withdrew from the Nineveh Plains which was said by the locals as being a contributing factor of the quick Islamic State victory in the invasion, and the widespread massacre of Yazidis, who were rendered defenseless. Peshmerga special unit near the Syrian border on June 23, 2014.

How many Peshmerga are there in Iraq?

Media outlets have speculated that there are between 150,000 and 200,000 Peshmerga, but this number is highly disputed. Peshmerga have divided Kurdistan Region into a KDP-governed “yellow” zone covering Dohuk Governorate and Erbil Governorate and a PUK-governed “green” zone covering Sulaymaniyah Governorate and Halabja Governorate.

What happened to the unification of the Peshmerga?

Multiple unification and depoliticizing efforts of the Peshmerga have been made since 1992. But so far all deadlines have been missed, reforms have been watered down, and most of the Peshmerga are still under the influence of the KDP and the PUK, who also maintain their separate Peshmerga forces.

Can the Peshmerga be a game-changer in Iraq and Syria?

“Kurdistan’s Political Armies: The Challenge of Unifying the Peshmerga Forces” (PDF). Carnegie Middle East Center. Retrieved February 12, 2018. ^ Rai, Manish (October 6, 2014). “Kurdish Peshmerga Can Be a Game-changer in Iraq And Syria”. Khaama Press. Retrieved February 14, 2015. ^ “Operation Red Dawn’s eight-month hunt”. The Sydney Morning Herald.

Did Romania pledge continuous support for Peshmerga?

“Romania Pledges Continuous Support for Peshmerga”. Retrieved July 3, 2019. ^ Litovkin, Nikolai (March 18, 2016).